Reconciliation Study Guide

This home study guide is written for young Catholics preparing for First Reconciliation (Communion). It is the procedure and script for receiving your first communion. Before you enter the confessional room …

My First Reconciliation

First, I think about my sins. Have I lied to anyone? Have I hurt anyone? Have I taken something that did not belong to me? Have I not taken good care of my body?

Then, I go into the small confessional room by myself. I close the door and kneel down on the small bench.

I make and say the sign of the cross. I do it like this:

Using my right hand, I touch my forehead and say  “In the name of the Father”

then I touch the middle of my chest and say  “and of the Son”

then I touch my left shoulder and say  “and of the Holy”

then I touch my right shoulder and say  “Spirit. Amen”

Then I say to the priest:  “Bless me, Father. This is my first Reconciliation and these are my sins.”

Then I tell Father my sins.

The priest will talk about my sins and then give me a penance or prayer to say later.

The priest will then ask me to pray the Act of Contrition. I say:

“My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.

In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,

I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.

I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more,

and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.

Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.

In His name, my God, have mercy.


The priest will then forgive me for my sins.

I will make and say the sign of the cross again (see above) and then say: ” thank you Father.”

Last, I leave the Confessional room and return to my seat and say the prayer (penance) Father gave me.

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